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Fifth Annual Forensics Exhibit and Speaker Series at WIU Libraries

October 10, 2011

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MACOMB, IL -- The Fifth Annual Forensics Exhibit and Speaker Series was kicked off by Western Illinois University Libraries Monday, Oct. 3. The exhibit will run through Friday, Nov. 18. in the physical sciences library, Currens Hall 201, on the WIU-Macomb campus.

According to Kathleen Clauson, unit coordinator of the physical sciences library, the forensics exhibit will include unique glimpses into forensic science and crime scene investigation (CSI) and will feature a mock crime scene and a CSI contest.

"The contest will run through 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Participants will be able to review the ‘scene,' evidence, witness statements and crime-scene photos," Clauson said. "New evidence will be added by 8 a.m. every Monday through October 31 [Oct. 10, 17, 24 and 31]."

She noted that additional clues will be available every week on the "Physical Sciences Library Blog" at Clauson added that contest participants can submit their conclusions, and those who submit conclusions could be eligible to win a prize.

"Entries will receive points for each accurate connection provided. The entry with the highest number of points will win. The winner will be announced on Friday, Nov. 11 and will receive a CSI prize. Individuals interested in participating can stop by Currens Hall 201 to review the crime scene and pick up the contest entry form," she said.

The exhibit and all speaker events will take place in the physical sciences library, Currens Hall 201. The forensics speaker series schedule is listed below.

  • A Walk through an Illinois State Police Forensics Lab
    10-10:50 a.m. and 1-1:50 p.m. Monday, Oct. 10

    Presented by Kerry Nielsen, Illinois State Police (ISP) Morton forensics laboratory

  • Are YOU Aware of Your Surroundings? How Investigators Derive Information Using Technology and Common Sense
    11 a.m. Monday, Oct. 17

    Presented by Jill Myers, associate professor, School of Law Enforcement and Justice Administration at WIU

  • WIU Forensic Chemistry Alumnus Talks about a Career in Forensic Science
    3-4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21

    Presented by Ben Mullins, forensic special chemist, Aegis Sciences Corp., Nashville, TN

  • Illinois State Police Crime Scene Investigator: What Does It Take to Work a Crime Scene?
    9:30-10:45 a.m. and 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25

    Presented by Robin Kimm, ISP

  • A Day in the Life of the Coroner
    1-1:50 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27

    Presented by McDonough County Coroner Eric Jameson

  • Luminol: Finding Traces of Invisible Human Blood
    7-8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31

    Presented by Brianna Norris, WIU chemistry graduate student, and Clauson

All speaker series events are open free to the public. The physical sciences library branch is open 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays and 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information, contact Clauson at (309) 298-1407 or via email at

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